January is a month to embrace, a time to push the reset button and resolve to start something new. In this spirit of the New Year, we devoted our latest Magazine issue — The New York Beginning State of Mind — to foundings, revivals and firsts:
- Foundings: We introduced you to small business owners, entrepreneurs and farmers who have started their own companies and initiatives;
- Revivals: We highlighted a handful of refurbished spaces across the State that are breathing new life into underserved neighborhoods; and,
- Firsts: We marveled at the stories of pioneers and inventors.
Here’s a look at a handful of Chinese New Year celebrations across New York State, guaranteed to put you in a beginning state of mind:
Don’t be alarmed if you hear firecrackers at noon in NYC today. The 15th New Year Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival is celebrating the Year of the Horse at Sara D. Roosevelt Park until 3 p.m.
Sunday, February 2:
Institutions in major cities across New York State — including NYC’s Chinatown, Buffalo’s Confucius Institute, and Albany’s Landmark Theatre — are hosting Lunar New Year celebrations complete with live music involving traditional Chinese instruments, dance and martial arts performances, and dragon-filled parades. Each event is free and open to the public. (And don’t worry, they all end by mid-afternoon so you’ll have plenty of time to make it to your Super Bowl party.)
Saturday, February 8:
If you’re in Manhattan, head to the Metropolitan Museum of Art between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. for the New York Chinese Cultural Center’s 27th Lunar New Year Celebration. Free with museum admission, the event includes a variety of dances (from costumed folk to red ribbon to traditional sword), as well as hands-on arts and crafts demonstrations. (If you miss this event, you’ll have a second chance to see it at Staten Island’s Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Sunday, February 9 for $10.)
Flushing, Queens’ Chinese and East Asian populations rival those of Manhattan’s Chinatown, and its Chinese New Year celebration is not to be missed. The 18th Annual Lunar New Year Parade will include upwards of 4,000 marchers. There will also be dragon dancers, steel drummers and fireworks. The festivities begin at 10 a.m.
The New York BEGINNING State of Mind:
NYSOM’s Editor in Chief Christine Murphy introduced our New York Beginning State of Mind.
We went behind-the-scenes of Nettle Meadow, an Adirondack-based farm, to learn about their “Esquire” magazine-named Cheese of the Week, and the once dilapidated barn that recently got a much-needed facelift.
We kicked off week two with a look at Sweet_ness 7, a Western New York-based cafe that has revitalized Buffalo’s West Side.
We met Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, “Amazing Race” winners and stars of “The Fabulous Beekman Boys,” who left NYC for CNY to turn an historic mansion into a goat farm and Martha Stewart-approved lifestyle brand.
We visited the newly-renovated Albany Barn, built from a once-abandoned school that gives local artists an affordable place to work and live, and is reviving an historic neighborhood.
We toured Brooklyn’s Pfizer building to see how the former pill-producing facility is giving new small-batch businesses a place to grow and thrive.
We rounded up a handful of ways to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. across New York State, turning a “day off” to a “day on.”
We spent a summer weekend hanging with Mr. Cooper — Henry Cooper, that is, whose ancestors founded Central New York’s Cooperstown. Today, Mr. Cooper is involved with Otsego 2000, a group that works tirelessly to preserve the historic landscape of the town and Otsego Lake.
We plowed into the innovative history of the Catskills’ Hunter Mountain, where its founders created the first artificial snow machine (which saved the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid), and keeps its peaks “freshly” powdered today.
We navigated through the inventive past of Hammondsport’s Glenn Curtiss, the Father of Naval Aviation who earned the first ever U.S. Pilot’s License.
We visited Montauk Lighthouse at the end of Long Island, learning that — to those who keep its more than 200-year-old legacy going — it’s also the beginning.
We saw how the East End Arts Council of Long Island is developing the next generation of artists with community events, art programs and more.